Apple iPad 2: The Hardware

Apple has finally unveiled the much speculated iPad 2, and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, even made a surprise appearance despite him being on sick leave. Lets be honest, an Apple announcement would not be an Apple announcement without Jobs being on stage introducing the latest Apple gadget.

So lets get to the point, the all new Apple iPad 2 packs a brand new processor called the ARM Cortex-A5 which is a dual core processor that uses the same power as the older A4 CPU and achieving double the speed. The CPU also enables the iPad 2 to deliver graphics performance that are 9 times faster then the previous iPad while maintaining the 10 hour battery life like in the previous model.

One of the most requested features for the iPad 2 must been cameras, and Apple did not fail in that department adding a front and rear facing cameras to the iPad 2.

When it comes to size the iPad 2 comes in at 33% thiner then its predecessor, only 8.8mm thick and weighing a mere 560 grams.

The new iPad 2 will also be able to output video at 1080p full HD through a new HDMI adapter that can be bought separately, allowing you to mirror your content from your iPad 2 onto your HD Television.

The iPad 2 will also feature new built in magnets enabling for a new kind of cover, smart cover, that simply clips on magnetically to the device, the covers will also automatically put the iPad 2 in and out of sleep mode depending on whether you open of close the lid.

The best thing about the iPad 2 has to be the price, priced exactly the same as the iPad from $499 for the 16GB WiFi version. The iPad 2 will ship on March 11th 2011 in the US and then March 25th 2011 to an additional 26 countries.

Unfortunately South Africa is not included in the listed countries to get the iPad 2 first, but if the pricing is anything to go by hopefully the iPad 2 will be priced exactly the same as the iPad. The question still remains is when we will see the iPad 2 in South Africa, seeing as we only saw the launch of the iPad here a mere month ago.

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